Wang Zhi-Hong’s book designs and cover creations are the epitome of retaining a sense of personal style, while still answering the brief. Wang is a graphic designer based in Taiwan and has been working in his studio of the same name for 16 years. He has won numerous awards for his book design and it’s no surprise with Wang’s ability to distil numerous topics into one single communicative cover.
Many of his covers adopt a graphic approach using a mixture of text with marks and shapes. Even after the initial exoticism of Mandarin script delicately placed on these tomes, there’s a consistent beauty and elegance to Wang’s portfolio through the work’s simplicity and composition. Wang has a defined style, which sees him respectfully draw elements from Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese and western culture, which is what makes his work so universally appealing.
We featured him back in March for a book he designed about Dutch modernism and below are just a few of the projects he has completed this year alone. Wang has collaborated with publishers to form his imprints Insights and Source, and has published translated books by many Japanese artists, designers and photographers. Celebrating his many years of book jacket design, this year has also seen the designer author and publish Design by wangzhihong.com: A Selection of Book Designs, 2001–2016, which showcases some of his best works.
- Victor Fonseca treats his graphic design practice like a “playground”
- Photographer Jack Latham investigates the hidden conspiracies of Bohemian Grove
- Stella Park’s warm illustrations reflect her outlook on life
- Ugly beauty and challenging established norms feature in Jade Palace's collaboration with Yat Pit
- Astrid Seme elevates an artist’s work by challenging it through the lens of design
- Elizabeth Hibbard’s unsettling photographs examine subjective experience with a visceral gaze
- New study claims to pinpoint the most creative time of day, down to the minute
- Singapore-based studio Swell explores the idea of the banished book
- "My little niece and my grandmother like the game equally": how Playables made the simply addictive Kids
- In being "open to possibilities" still life painter Duane Keiser paints the everyday joys of life
- What the cluck? KFC releases limited-edition bucket hat
- For Bizzarri-Rodriguez, book design “is everything except a science”